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09-21-2012, 05:30 PM
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It would seem pretty easy to guarantee that the players wont go on strike just before the playoffs in order to demand that they be allowed to continue under the same cba and play the playoffs, as ridiculous as that sounds when you say it out loud, by doing just such an escrow concept.

However, that would be an idea from someone who thinks that the problem is that the players stalled on negotiations and there was no need to wait for the deadlines to make a deal, because it is just a matter of negotiating. It would seem evident that the problems is not one needing negotiations to be solved, it requires capitulation.

As everyone points out, the owners have the leverage. And so they are going to use it. They arent going to win by their clever negotiating, they intend on winning by exerting their leverage and forcing surrender. Just like the nfl and nba they are emulating did. Why should the owners compromise, as the majority here point out - they have all the leverage. And Bettmans negotiating pattern is clear for all to see.

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